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HomeHealth"Healthcare Professionals in Sweden Choose Restful Breaks Over Compensation for Deferred Holidays

“Healthcare Professionals in Sweden Choose Restful Breaks Over Compensation for Deferred Holidays

In Sweden, healthcare staff in Region Norrbotten have been offered a substantial allowance of up to SEK 100,000 to postpone their holidays. Surprisingly, the majority of them are declining the monetary compensation, recognizing the importance of taking much-needed time off. A recent DN mapping study has revealed that all 21 regions in Sweden provide some form of compensation to healthcare professionals who can reschedule their vacations. However, Anna Juntti, Sarah Griffiths, and Stina Backebjörk, dedicated employees at Gällivare Hospital, have made it clear that they would prefer to enjoy a well-deserved break.

Stina Backebjörk, an assistant nurse at Gällivare Hospital, not only fulfills the role of a workplace representative for the municipal union but also acts as a safety representative. She emphasizes that anyone who decides to sell their vacation time must promptly schedule their fall vacation to ensure they have adequate rest. Anna Juntti has made the difficult decision to resign due to the demanding work environment. Both Anna and Stina, along with Sarah Griffiths, highlight the challenging nature of their roles, describing lives where work consumes their thoughts and free time is constantly disrupted by the possibility of being called in to support their colleagues.

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Gällivare Hospital's maternity ward, situated as Sweden's northernmost facility, serves an extensive catchment area spanning half of Svealand. This past year has been particularly arduous for the ward, as only five out of 16 permanent positions have been filled. As the summer approaches, a significant portion of the maternity ward's workforce will consist of hired midwives.

Anders Öberg (S), a regional councilor, assures healthcare staff that the region will ensure their deferred holidays are granted. However, the details and arrangements for this compensation fall within the purview of the business managers.

Anna Juntti and Sarah Griffiths leave Gällivare Hospital for the day, while Stina Backebjörk prepares for an evening session. Stina believes that more individuals would have been attracted to the nursing profession if they had the option to work reduced hours (80 percent) while receiving full salary.

This issue shines a light on the challenges faced by healthcare professionals in Sweden. By prioritizing their well-being and choosing rest over monetary compensation, they underscore the urgent need for sufficient time off to recuperate and recharge.

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